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first_imgU.S. Women’s National Team captain Christie Rampone earned her historic 300th cap when she played against Mexico in the all-important semifinals of the CONCACAF Women’s Championship at PPL Park on Oct. 24, won by the U.S., 3-0. With the win, the United States qualified for next year’s World Cup.Rampone, who debuted for the USA in 1997 and has appeared in three different decades, is just the second player in soccer history to play 300 times for their country, following former teammate Kristine Lilly, who finished her illustrious career with a world-record 352 games from 1987-2010. Rampone, 39, is currently the most-capped active player in the world.A two-sport star at Monmouth University, Rampone was also the starting point guard on the basketball team and a standout on the soccer pitch. As a striker, she scored 79 career goals in college. She switched to defender for the U.S. team under then-head coach Tony Di- Cicco, and aside from a brief stint at flank midfielder, she has played in the back ever since.Rampone was named captain by former head coach Pia Sundhage in 2008, and since then, the USA has compiled an 88-8-13 record with the New Jersey native wearing the armband. She has started 265 of her caps and played 23,261 minutes in a U.S. uniform during her career. Rampone plays professionally for Sky Blue FC.The New Jersey Section of the PGA of America (NJPGA) announced its 2014 annual award recipients, led by Andy Brock, PGA Professional at Metuchen Golf and Country Club in Edison, who was recognized as the 2014 NJPGA Golf Professional of the Year.Brock leads an esteemed list of PGA Professionals who were honored as 2014 New Jersey Section Special Award winners.last_img

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